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Royal Canberra takes what it wants and bugger the rest of us

By johnboy 18 May 2007 27

The Canberra Times reports that, like their members, the Royal Canberra Golf Club considers itself to be above the petty restrictions which encumber scum like the rest of us.

In particular they are ignoring water restrictions and pumping as much water out of the lake as they want, in the ten months of the financial year the fat cats have made off with double their allocation and can’t be bothered responding to the NCA’s communications on the matter.

The NCA is going to try and change the laws to bring them to heel but I, for one, call for all the members to be rendered down Fremen style to repay the water they have taken from the community.

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gurunik 9:29 am 19 May 07

maybe we should remember that water is not ours as such, and to stop enviromental flows is to deprive anyone downstream of us of water.
when bleating about your lawn etc, think of where adelaides water comes from.
just use less water.

Pandy 2:16 am 19 May 07

Enviromental flows: read the friggin paper folks! ACTEW has been reducing enviromental flows big time over the last few years.

I like the lets tax them the land rates based upon size. But it wont work becasue they would have to tax all of the golf clubs the same.

Best idea is to have ACA or TT contacted.

Nemo 11:17 pm 18 May 07

Already have a tank connected to internal plumbing.

Corin, Bendora and Cotter dams have been getting ok flows – but they aren’t big enough.

Myrmecia 9:48 pm 18 May 07

Hey, Nemo. No good building another dam if it’s never going to fill! Dams don’t create water, they just block its natural flow.

Stick a tank in if you want to build a buffer and have a clear conscience.

Nemo 9:35 pm 18 May 07

I’m sick of water restrictions. Let the club take the water from the lake.

There have been no new dams in Australia in the last 25 years. We need to stop whinging and start putting in the infrastructure.

ant 9:31 pm 18 May 07

Round-up the lot, re-zone it and flog it to some greek developer in a double-breasted suit. Fuggem! They can set up a new golf course out at Burra or somewhere.

Meanwhile, those in the know go to the Federal, a far more beautiful course and a lot less wankers.

Myrmecia 8:07 pm 18 May 07

Couldn’t we just let the golf club continue, but appropriate part of their land for green playing fields for our kids? They have far more than they need and, anyway, they should be relocated outside the city.

If the appropriation doesn’t work, withdraw the massive rates subsidy they are presently given. A 1,000 sq metre block in Yarralumla would pay about $2,000 in rates; I don’t know how big the golf course is, but you could squeeze a few 1,000 sq m blocks on there.

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